Empower to Lead


Yesterday I sent you an email about the first part of our mission statement- prepare to love.

Today I want to speak on the second- Empower To Lead.


The ability to survive and thrive is a valuable and even essential life skill; and I am incredibly proud that we are so good at developing it.

As I said yesterday, this applies to real world problem solving, be it a pandemic or any other crisis; or violent attack.

We teach the most practical self defense system in the world…


    God willing, my students will never get to apply that in real world self defense.

But, also God willing, they WILL get the opportunity to become leaders; many of my students already are!

One of my favorite testimonials are when really succesful people share that they use my leadership lessons with the teams they lead.


The only thing that motivates me even more is knowing that we are equiping a whole future genereation with the leadership skills that they’ll need as they grow up into their world.


Things will continue to change and evolve.

The technology and, perhaps, even the industries of today, may not even resemble what exist today…

but one of the handful of universal truths that never changes is that everything rises and falls on leadership.


The time will pass and the change will occur.

Our only question is whether we, and the children we raise, will be equipped to lead themselves and others well in it.

They WILL if they train in my leadership academy (that also happens to teach the most practical self defense in the world).


Prepare To Live; Empower To Lead!

Grand Master Stephen J. Del Castillo
Founding Master Instructor, Krav Maga Martial Arts


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About Grandmaster Stephen J. Del Castillo: Grandmaster Del Castillo is the founding Master Instructor of Krav Maga Martial Arts and has been empowering lives in Pasco and Hillsborough Counties since October of 2000. He is a 7th degree Blackbelt, MBA, author, mentor and success coach, a US Army Veteran and a proud father and grandfather. He is married to Ms. Barbara Del Castillo who helps him run the school. Grand Master Del Castillo began his training in the early 80’s and has high level blackbelts in Tae Kwon Do, Karate, Premier Martial Arts and Krav Maga Martial Arts as well as experience in kickboxing, Jeet Kune Do and Jiujitsu. He has high level instructor certifications from BBSI, IKMF, and KMG and has been featured in numerous Martial Arts publications and also Success magazine. He was a competitive sport karate and American Kickboxing instructor until he enlisted in the US Army where he served in the 82nd Airborne Division, where he won an Army Green to Gold scholarship and proceeded to ROTC and the University of Tampa. He was commissioned in 1992 and went on to serve in Germany with the 3rd Infantry Division and then in several other posts in the US until he left military service to pursue his dream of creating KMMA in 2000.

The Krav MagaMartial Arts Headquarters is in Lutz, FL at 1900 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., 33549. Krav Maga Martial Arts serves Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel, and surrounding areas.

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